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July 26, 2008: Boynton Beach, Florida

"Gulf Stream Ledges" - "Boynton Ledges"

A couple of dives with the sister. Probably the last for both of us for a while; she's undergoing some surgery that will have her out of the water, and I'm getting a house.
Diving in the Atlantic Ocean:
  • Directions from Tampa: I usually head down HW60 to Yeehaw Junction, then take the Turnpike south. I get off of the Turnpike at Lake Worth Road.
  • Conditions on the day of my visit: Sunny

  • Personal Notes: I'm not 100% certain that the sites this says we visited were the sites we actually did visit; I never asked Leo for confirmation and it's been like three weeks since I did these dives.

    We saw octopus on both dives, as well as squid (if memory serves - no pictures of the squid as they're hard enough to shoot in perfect conditions).

    A very fun couple of dives with a strong north current that day. Rarely was my sister able to stop with the flag and loiter to point out something she had seen.


All shots using the 100mm macro. A few of these photos got touched up in an image editing program (contrast enhancement, color balancing) ... I'll usually note which ones in their descriptions ...
Gulf Stream Ledges
Dash Goby.
Harlequin Bass.
Don't know what the blue guys are, but there's a Glass Goby in the upper right-hand corner.
Octopus with no flash, to show you how the colors become muted as you go deeper.
Yellowhead Jawfish. The shots of this guy were processed a bit as they tend to be darker and low in contrast.
Yellowhead Jawfish.
Yellowhead Jawfish.
Spotted Moray.
Spotted Moray.
Whitespotted Filefish. Those teeth mean business. Pretty sure the original shot was very low contrast and dark.
Whitespotted Filefish.
Stoplight Parrotfish - Juvenile.
Star Horseshoe Worm.
Goldentail Moray.
Juvenile Angelfish (Blue, probably). Image was processed because all shots of this guy were very washed out. While the camera didn't indicate any "hot spots" in the shot, it was a high-brightness/low-contrast shot.
Same as above, I think a Blue Juvenile Angelfish.
A very friendly Gray Angelfish.
Gray Angelfish.
Split Crown Featherduster.
I think it's a Smooth Trunkfish, except that it's missing the honeycomb pattern on its side.
Boynton Ledges
A harlequin Bass around a couple of what may be Juvenile parrotfish.
Another octopus.
Arrow Crab.
I think this is an Atlantic Thorny-Oyster. You don't usually see the mantle on these guys - they're very protective and clam up the minute they sense a threat.
There is either some kind of anemonie or maybe a Rough Fileclam in this hole.
Banded Coral Shrimp.
If you get a close up of a Trumpetfish, this is usually what you see ... the eye.
I have yet to catch one feeding - when you see it, you supposedly understand where their name comes from. But I wanted to get a close up shot of the mouth for my visitors.
Closeup of a French Angelfish. I didn't have much of a choice in this shot - I just fired the camera, and this is what came out. He was very friendly but not cooperative.
When I managed to get a shot of something more identifiable, he was so close that all I got was his eye.
Here's more of the French Angelfish's head.
This shot was processed, of course, as it was very dark and low contrast originally. A Filefish of some sort, I think; maybe a Trigger.
A Petersen Cleaner Shrimp poking his head around the corner.
A heavily processed image - very washed out, though no actual hotspots on the photo. Just a lot of light stuff on a white sandy background, you could barely make out the Petersen Cleaner Shrimp that looks like he was eating stuff out of the sand.

Dive data for dives on this day:

Dive Site Name Max Depth Minutes Water Temp
397 Gulf Stream Ledges 65 feet 61 min. 82 F
398 Boynton Ledges 63 feet 70 min. 82 F
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